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Jessie Chin

Assistant Professor

Primary Affiliation

Cognition, Lifespan Engagement, Aging, and Resilience


Status Affiliate Faculty

Home Information Sciences

Phone 333-0125



  • Biography

    Jessie Chin is an assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Chin’s work has been funded by the National Institute of Health, Jump ARCHES, Cancer Center at Illinois, etc.


    • B.S., psychology, National Taiwan University

    • M.S., human factors, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    • Ph.D., educational psychology (cognitive sciences in teaching and learning), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

  • Honors
    • 2022: Arnold O. Beckman Research Award, Fall

    • 2020: List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students, University of Illinois, Fall

    • 2015: Thomas and Margaret Huang Award for Graduate Research

    • 2011-2012: Beckman Institute Graduate Fellowship

  • Research

    Research areas:

    • Adaptation to information proliferation (self-regulated learning, information foraging, cognitive search)

    • Coupling cognitive systems (conversational agents, learning agents, AI-human collaboration)

    • Digital health (designing for health communication and behavior, health promotion)

    • Health informatics (health misinformation, infodemiology and infoveillance)

    Research interests:

    • Applied Cognitive Science

    • Human-Computer Interaction

    • Human Factors

    • Information Foraging

    • Self-Regulated Learning

    • Decision-Making

    • Cognitive Aging

    • Health Communication

    • Health Literacy

    • Health Misinformation

    • Digital Health

    • Precision Medicine

    • Cancer Prevention and Control

    • Conversational Agents

    Professor Jessie Chin’s research programs aim at (1) advancing knowledge in cognitive sciences regarding evolving human interaction with the contemporary information technologies, (2) understanding and developing the coupling cognitive system to augment the performance in complex cognitive activities (such as learning), and (3) translating theories in social and behavioral sciences and computational models to the design of sociotechnical solutions and interaction experience to promote health communication and behavior across the lifespan. As a translational cognitive scientist, she conducts both use-inspired basic and applied research to examine the interaction between human minds and complex information environments in both individual and collective levels using mixed methods, such as controlled experiments, user studies, field studies, social media analysis, computational/predictive modeling and randomized controlled trials.

  • 2023

    • Bak, M., Chiu, C-Y., Chin, J. (in press). Mental Health Pandemic during the COVID-19 Outbreak: Social Media as a Window to Public Mental Health. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.
    • Desai, S., Chin, J. (in press). OK Google, Let’s Learn: Using Voice User Interfaces for Informal Self- Regulated Learning of Health Topics among Younger and Older Adults. In Proceedings of the 41st ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems CHI’23. New York, NY: ACM Press. DOI: /10.1145/3544548.3581507


    • Morrow, D. & Chin, J. (2022). A Process-Knowledge Approach to Supporting Self-care among Older Adults. In K.D. Federmeirer & B. Payne (Eds.), Psychology of Learning and Motivation Vol 77: Cognitive Aging. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/bs.plm.2022.07.003


    • Chin, J. & Burns, C. (2021). Health Promotion: Patient Self-Management, Cognitive Work Analysis and Persuasive Design. In R. J. Holden, & R. S. Valdez (Eds.), The Patient Factors: Applications of Patient Ergonomics (Volume 2)(pp.187-203). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
    • Chin, J.* & Desai, S.* (2021). Being a Nice Partner: The Effects of Age and Interaction Types on the Perceived Social Abilities of Conversational Agents. TMS Proceedings 2021. DOI:10.1037/tms0000027
    • Chin, J., Wang, H., Awwad, A. W., Graumlich, J. F., Wolf, M. S., & Morrow, D. G. (2021). Health literacy, processing capacity, illness knowledge and actionable memory for medication taking in type 2 diabetes: cross-sectional analysis. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 36, 1921-1927. DOI: 10.1007/s11606-020-06472-z
    • Tomaszewski, T., Morales, A., Lourentzou, I., Caskey, R., Liu, B., Schwartz, A., & Chin, J. (2021). Identifying the false human papillomavirus vaccine information and corresponding risk perceptions from Twitter using advanced predicted models. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 23(9), e30451. DOI: 10.2196/30451


    • Chin, J., Moller, D. D., Johnson, J., Duwe, E., Graumlich, J. F., Murray, M. D. & Morrow, D.G. (2018). A multi-faceted approach to promote comprehension of online health information among older adults. The Gerontologist, 58(4), 686-695. DOI: 10.1093/geront/gnw254


    • Chin, J., Madison, A., Gao, X., Graumlich, J. F., Conner-Garcia, T., Murray, M. D., Stine-Morrow, E. A. L. & Morrow, D. G. (2017). Cognition and health literacy in older adults’ recall of self-care information. The Gerontologist, 57(2), 261-268. DOI:10.1093/geront/gnv091


    • Chin, J. & Stine-Morrow, E. A. L. (2016). What makes you feel you are learning: Cues to self-regulated learning. In A. Papafragou, D. Grodner, D. Mirman, J. C. Trueswell (Eds.), Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 538-543). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
    • Liu, X., Chin, J., Payne, B. R., Fu, W-T., Morrow, D. G., Stine-Morrow, E. A. L. (2016). Adult age differences in information foraging in an interactive reading environment. Psychology and Aging, 31(3), 211-223. DOI: 10.1037/pag0000079


    • Chin, J., Anderson, E., Chin, C-L. & Fu, W-T. (2015). Age differences in information search: An exploration-exploitation tradeoff model. In Proceedings of the 59th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2015. (Vol. 59, No. 1, pp. 85-89), Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. DOI: 10.1177/1541931215591018
    • Chin, J., Payne, B., Fu, W-T., Morrow, D. G. & Stine-Morrow, E. A. L. (2015). Information foraging across the life span: Search and switch in unknown patches. Topics in Cognitive Science, 7(3), 428-450. DOI:10.1111/tops.12147
    • Chin, J., Payne, B., Gao, X., Conner-Garcia, T., Graumlich, J., Murray, M. D., Morrow, D. G. & Stine-Morrow, E. A. L. (2015). Memory and comprehension for health information among older adults: Distinguishing the effects of domain-general and domain-specific knowledge. Memory, 23, 577-589. DOI: 10.1080/09658211.2014.912331


    • Chin, J. & Fu, W-T. (2012). Age differences in exploratory learning from a health information website. In Proceedings of the 30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems CHI’12 (pp. 3031-3040). New York, NY: ACM Press. DOI:10.1145/2207676.2208715


    • Chin, J., Morrow, D. G., Stine-Morrow, E. A. L., Conner-Garcia, T., Graumlich, J. F. & Murray, M. D. (2011). The process-knowledge model of health literacy: Evidence from a componential analysis of two commonly used measures. Journal of Health Communication, 16 (Suppl3), 222-241. DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2011.604702


    • Chin, J. & Fu, W-T. (2010). Interactive effects of age and interface differences on search strategies and performance. In Proceedings of the 28th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems CHI’10 (pp.403-412). New York, NY: ACM Press. DOI: 10.1145/1753326.1753387


    • Chin, J., Fu, W-T. & Kannampallil, T. (2009). Adaptive information search: Age-dependent interactions between cognitive profiles and strategies. In Proceedings of the 27th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems CHI’09 (pp.1683-1692). New York, NY: ACM Press. DOI: 10.1145/1518701.1518961